October 2014 FBGA Grower Meeting

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association Winter meeting and trade show will be held Tuesday, October 7th, at the Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM in Plant City, FL.
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Welcome to the Florida Blueberry Growers Association

If you would like to become a new member, please visit the About Us section for membership info.

We hope that you enjoy the site, whether you are a blueberry grower, educator, or even an old-fashioned blueberry fan. you will be able to find about all kinds of information here about Florida’s greatest crop.

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Crop Insurance

Dear Grower and FBGA member,

Your assistance is needed to hep us get Blueberry crop insurance coverage.

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association has requested the USDA Risk Management Agency to expand the blueberry crop insurance program throughout the state. Currently there are only 5 Florida counties covered under the MPCI Florida Blueberry Crop Insurance – Highlands, Alachua, Polk, Hillsborough and Putnam.

Please join us in showing your support by emailing Diane Amera, Director at the USDA RMA Regional Office. To kick off a form email to send to Ms. Amera:
Click this link http://www.farmcreditcfl.com/loans/crop-insurance.aspx
Click the red button on the page to launch the prefilled email addressed to Ms. Amera
Be sure to add your name at the bottom of the email. (You will also be able to edit the letter if you wish)
Click Send
Time is of the essence as the policies renew in November. This will only take a few minutes and will help Blueberry growers across the state!!

Thank You

Dudley Calfee
President
Florida Blueberry Growers Association

 

Farm Credit/Ag Institute Candidates Forum

Farm Credit and the Agriculture Institute of Florida wish to invite you to the Tenth Quadrennial Farm Credit/Ag Institute Candidates Forum on Thursday September 25, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Candidates for Florida’s governor and Cabinet positions will share their views on critical agricultural issues, providing an excellent opportunity for top industry leaders to meet those whose decisions will affect the agricultural industry for the next four years.

Historically, the forum attracts over 300 of the state’s most influential agricultural opinion leaders from virtually every commodity group as well as media (TV, radio, local print and trade publications) from around the state. The forum is held in conjunction with the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Associations (FNGLA) The Landscape Show which annually attracts over 6,000 nursery growers, landscape professionals and allied industry representatives.

We hope you will respond in the affirmative Ron O’Connor at ROConnor@FarmCreditCFL.com

Ron O’Connor, Director of Marketing & Governmental Affairs, Farm Credit of Central Florida, (863) 682-4117 Ext. 403.

 

Rust Never Sleeps

Methods and Techniques for Managing Rust on the Farm

My my hey hey, Blueberry rust is here to stay, Is it better to burn it out, or let it fade away, my my hey hey…

Ok, that’s not how the song went was it? “Rust never sleeps” is also a phrase familiar to the vintage auto enthusiasts among us. Rust can rot out fenders and frame rails of cherished cars from the inside-out. I won’t name any marques known for this… but if you own one, you know who you are, and you worry about what part of your car is rusting away at any given time! Read More…

 

The Perfect Storm

Revenue plans can insure the Perfect Storm?

No one could have predicted this year’s harvest season. It was the “perfect storm.” Many factors seemed to all converge at one time. Florida berries were about three weeks late. Pricing was low in reaction to a possible flooded market. On top of all this, at the height of the harvest, many farms experienced three days of heavy rains. How do you insure against all this? Read More…

 

Event Highlight: Celebrating the Blue’s Harvest

Fifty Thousand Blueberry Festival enthusiasts gathered for the 3rd Annual Florida Blueberry Festival, presented by the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, City of Brooksville, the Brooksville Vision Foundation, and Hernando County Tourist Development. Read More…

 

Summer Blueberry Care

Encouraging Strong, Healthy Vegetative Growth

With harvest and summer pruning completed the emphasis this summer is on encouraging strong, healthy vegetative growth, which will contain most of the flower buds for next year’s crop. Irrigation is one of several management practices that are critical for obtaining optimum summer growth. Read More…

 

The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the Florida Blueberry Acreage Survey

FBGA and the UF/IFAS Extension Partner to Launch a New Study for the Benefit of Growers

Blueberries have become a very significant fruit crop in Florida over the past 20 years.  Growers know the significant costs associated with establishment, production, and harvest of this crop.  It is vital that Florida blueberry producers have all the risk management tools available, such as crop insurance, to protect their investments. Read More…

 

President’s Letter: Investigating How We Can Better Forecast Our Crop

Well, another season is behind us.  The bushes are trimmed and we are into our summer spray and maintenance programs.  We have also had a chance to look at the numbers for this season and the results for most was somewhat disappointing. Read More…

 

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